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China simplifies procedures for cross-region customs clearance


When a Beijing-based company wants to pick up its imported goods at the Tianjin Customs, it now only needs to apply to the Beijing Customs rather than the Tianjin Customs.

This is the new practice adopted by the General Administration of Customs of China since last year to simplify cross-region customs clearance procedures for foreign trade companies.

The General Administration of Customs has selected 11 pilot cities including Tianjin, Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen to test the practice which is believed to benefit China's regional economic exchanges.

More than ten cases of cross-region customs clearance have been approved between the Beijing Customs and Tianjin Customs according to the new practice, involving 1,339 tons of goods valued at 2.34 million U.S. dollars.

The General Administration of Customs said the model will shorten procedure hours for trading companies which import or export goods in different Chinese cities.

In China's economic powerhouse Shanghai, a total of 45,996 batches of goods have been imported under the simplified Customs procedures.

The Customs said the model has also been expanded to the Guangzhou-centered Pan-Pearl River Delta which composes nine neighboring provinces and cities.

From: Xinhuanet  2006-01-11 16:58

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